The NFL draft is just about here. The draft takes place Thursday through Saturday, with the first round on the first night, the second and third rounds on Friday evening, and rounds three through seven on Saturday.
As of now Seattle owns seven picks: one in the first round (26th overall), one in the second (58), three in the third (90, 102, 106), one in the sixth (210) and one in the seventh (226). However, history indicates that Seattle general manager John Schneider is fond of trading down to accumulate more picks, and the way the Seahawks’ picks are configured this year is ripe for more of that.
What will Seattle do in the draft? Which positions will be emphasized?
Will it will be the offensive line? There’s been endless scrutiny of the Seahawks’ offensive line the past two years, and while Seattle did sign free agents Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi, neither is a sure thing. The Seahawks also declined to match the deal offered to starting right tackle Garry Gilliam by the San Francisco 49ers. However, the line being an area of need may be offset by suggestions that this year’s draft crop is poor.
How about the secondary? Seattle has to take into consideration the fact that free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead are both recovering from major injuries that ended their 2016 seasons. Then there’s the persistent rumors about a rift between the Seahawks and star cornerback Richard Sherman, with Schneider continuing to refuse ruling out the possibility of a trade. This is thought to be a strong draft at cornerback, so perhaps the Seahawks will take advantage.
Then there’s defensive tackle, a position that’s starting to look a little thin after not re-signing Tony McDaniel or adding anyone else in free agency. Or strong-side linebacker, which despite the signings of Michael Wilhoite and Terence Garvin has yet to be definitively filled since the departure of Bruce Irvin a year ago. Maybe even quarterback, given the offseason legal troubles of back-up Trevone Boykin.
So there’s lots of options with regards to where the Seahawks should place their emphasis. Which area do you think Seattle should concentrate on in the draft?
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— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) April 24, 2017